City Council

Applications Now being Accepted for Vacant City Council Position

The Snohomish City Council must fill one open City Council position until November 2017. 

The successful candidate must be a registered voter of the city at the time of application and have been a resident of the city for a period of at least one year (RCW 35A.12.030). 

Any qualified resident living within the city limits of Snohomish may obtain an application at City Hall, 116 Union Avenue or    complete an online application .

Applications must be received by the City Clerk no later than Friday, January 20, 2017 at 5 p.m.  Any applications received after that time will not be considered. If there are more than seven applicants, the City Council will meet in Executive Session on January 24 to narrow the selection of candidates to no more than seven. Selected candidates will be invited to participate in a public meeting on January 31 at 6:00 p.m. to interview with City Councilmembers.  Following the interviews, a selection will be made.    The selected candidate will be sworn in at the regularly scheduled council meeting on Tuesday, February 7 at 7:00 p.m.

The position will be included in the regular 2017 General Election as a special election for a two-year term to fill the balance of a term expiring on December 31, 2019.  The elected Councilmember would be seated at the first meeting after the 2017 election results are validated

Click here for online application  or applications are available at City Hall,116 Union Ave., Snohomish, WA 98290.

Council Meetings

  • 7 p.m. first and third Tuesday of each month
  • George Gilbertson Boardroom

    Snohomish School District Resource Center
    1601 Avenue D
    Snohomish, WA 98290
All meetings are open to the public. The City Council Chambers are accessible to people with disabilities. If you need specialized accommodations, please provide 5 days advanced notice by contacting the City Clerk's Office at 360-568-3115.

Public Comment

Public comments are welcome at all City Council meetings. Meetings begin with a public comment period where citizens can speak on any city-related topic. Citizens may also comment on specific agenda items during the meeting.

Your comments should generally be limited to 3 minutes in length.

Public hearings offer particular opportunities for citizens to comment on important issues such as new ordinances, city budget, comprehensive plan amendments or adoption, and interlocal agreements.

Council Workshops, which precede council meetings, are for council information and discussion only. No citizens comments are accepted. 

Council Agenda

View current and past council agendas for details on meeting topics and schedule..

Council Members

The City Council is made up of the following community members:

Function of the Council

The seven-member City Council is responsible for the legislative function of and the overall vision for the City.  The Council adopts ordinances and resolutions, sets policies, approves contracts and budgets, and appoints individuals to boards and commissions. 

The mayor is a member of the council and is selected by the city council. The mayor presides at council meetings and is recognized as the head of the City for ceremonial purposes, but has no regular administrative duties.

City Council members are elected to four-year terms and serve part-time and do not maintain office hours at City Hall.

The city manager, Larry Bauman, is appointed by the Council to implement its policies and administer the day-to-day business of the city.

Snohomish City Council Annual Goals
Program and Project Priorities for 2017

(Parenthetical references following each goal relate to Strategic Plan Initiatives)

  • Develop a sustainable, five-year financial plan that balances projected revenues and expenditures (Related to implementation of all Strategic Plan initiatives)
  • Analyze sustainable budget strategies to support parks operations (Related to initiative 1)
  • Attract more living wage jobs for the community and increase tax revenues through continued economic development. (Related to Initiatives 6 & 7)
  • Collaborate with agencies in the region for development of rails and trails that serve Snohomish. (Related to Initiatives 1 & 4)
  • Create a plan for redevelopment and new uses of the Hal Moe Pool property. (Related to Initiatives 1, 7 and 8)
  • Implement approved enhancements to the City’s open government, public communication and civic engagement programs.(Related to implementation of all Strategic Plan initiatives)
  • Establish an ongoing invitation to community organizations, City boards and City commissions to present their annual goals to the City Council meetings to enhance collaboration and coordination. (Related to implementation of all Strategic Plan initiatives)
  • Expand land uses that encourage and support ongoing economic development initiatives in the community. (Related to Initiatives 6 and 7)
  • Partner with organizations to develop affordable housing projects, including senior affordable housing. (Related to Initiative 8)